Luftwaffe back-type parachute
By Schroeder & Co. Luftwaffe Ruckenfallschirme, Model RH 12B (Fl. 30245). Webbing harness with a quick release (QR) box that the Germans copied from the RAF. They added a safety 'key' to prevent accidental depression and potential premature release. There is also a large waistbelt incorporating the rip-cord release 'D' ring. The compact khaki coloured pack fitted into a painted aluminium tray that was shaped to rest against the airman's back. This early model pack is fastened by means of a type of oversized zip held together using a long metal locking pin. The webbing harness is fitted with the correct QR box with engraved German text reading 'To Release harness : Turn and push'. The safety 'key', normally attached via a narrow webbing lanyard secured to the harness, is absent.
The harness is in very good used condition with only relatively light soiling. The QR box is fully functioning and the rip cord housing, rip cord and handle are all present. The pack is in excellent clean condition, complete with large original linen label showing manufacturer's details, model and reference numbers. The pack lacks bungee straps and canopy but can easily be packed out to give the appropriate shape. The aluminium tray is in very good undamaged condition, free from any major dents and retains most of the original drab green paint finish.
This type of parachute was worn in aircraft having a recesss in the back of the seats including fighters and bombers. It is extremely difficult to find Luftwaffe parachute kit and this is in very good used condition. Buy it while you can. A superb display piece. Further photographs available on request. Stock code M21826.